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EU will benefit from Telecom Regulation Reform, So says Study Report 

July 19, 2013 - A European Digital Single market can be a reality and it will bring in jobs and cash if pursued to its logical condition. 

A study report released in Brussels today says with significant reform of the current patchwork system of regulations governing telecommunications in the European Union there could be up to 750 billion Euros in GDP growth and 5.5 million jobs by 2020.

The study titled Reforming Europe's Telecoms Regulation to Enable the Digital Single Market was commissioned by European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) and undertaken by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). It details how a reformed regulatory framework can both safeguard competition as well as incentivize the investments in advanced next-generation access networks (NGA). 

The report says 'While it has long been a leader in innovation and the technologies that comprise the backbone of the digital economy, Europe has fallen behind in ultrafast mobile and fixed Internet connectivity. Many markets in Asia and North America enjoy fibre access penetration that is up to 20 times higher and penetration of LTE that is as much as 35 times greater. The BCG study projects that by 2020 the shortfall in investment needed to meet EU Digital Agenda targets for broadband coverage and penetration could aggregate between 110 billion eurosand 170 billion euros. The result for European consumers and businesses is slower, less reliable connections, leading to less value for consumers and lower economic growth.'

The report proposes five measures that will reverse the regulatory root causes of lagging telecommunications investment and help to unlock the funding required to build the ultra-fast connectivity that is increasingly the lifeblood of the digital economy.

Fibre Infrastructure expansion reaches Ibadan

July 19, 2013 - Business and government communities in the Ibadan area of South West may soon benefit from a broadband infrastructure expansion which two major fibre companies are jointly implementing in conformity with the recently approved National Broadband Plan of the Federal Government. 

Phase 3 Telecom and Mainone are known to have commenced stretching out to different parts of Nigeria under a joint open access collaboration and they kicked of an awareness campaign in Ibadan recently. 

Phase 3 Telecom's Otuya Okecha said in Ibadan that "Fibre Optic Broadband helps small businesses expand and thrive and it will help to create more jobs, directly and indirectly, and boost the nation's economy as a whole".

"Partner with Us" - USPF beckons Operators and Service providers 

July 18, 2013 - The Universal Service Provision Fund, USPF, told  an industry roundtable forum of selected service providers in Lagos on Thursday that it has reformed its delivery strategy and developed a new Strategic Management Plan for 2013 - 2017.  The plan is to enable it deliver, within the period, almost five times its performance since its establishment eight years ago. 

Mr. Abdullahi Maikano, USPF Secretary, said the FUND canvasses for partnership with Telephone Operators and all service providers to deliver on its statutory mandate of rapidly bringing broadband connectivity and access to rural un-served and under-served communities across Nigeria. 

Maikano gave a review of the FUND's performance on all aspects of the projects it conceived and said although the USPF made remarkable strides in extending access to ICT underserved and unserved areas in Nigeria, some projects have not recorded as much success as expected due to a combination of internal and external challenges faced by the FUND's secretariat. Project implementation produced different results for different projects. He gave as examples, E-library projects which achieved 100% success while Rural Broadband Initiative RUBI recorded a miserable 16%. 

He invited Service Providers to collaborate with the FUND to establish regional clusters which are groups of target areas which are clustered on the basis of identified ICT needs and the type or class of infrastructure and service required to address identified needs. 

Members of the USPF Board who were also present at the Forum corroborated Mr. Maikano's submission that the new Strategic Management Plan is focused on facilitating an enabling environment for ICT and promoting universal access and universal services that facilitate connectivity for development just as it strives to  develop its own institutional strength.

Yahoo Cries Out -  "Give us transparency" 
Microsoft - "Open up, or allow us to open up"

July 18, 2013 - Yahoo Inc, a US-based technology front-liner which went into problems but now returning to active reckoning cried loudly thursday afternoon as it called on the United States of America's Government to give greater Transparency. 

Specifically, it urges Government to realise that 'Democracy demands accountability, and accountability requires transparency. So today, we are proud to join dozens of our partners across the tech industry, civil society organizations, and trade associations to urge greater transparency by the U.S. government regarding national security demands for our users' information.' 

It issued a group petition which it invited other concerned industry players and organisation to sign up to as the petition is on its way to President Obama, Director of National Intelligence, and 14 other US officials and legislators. 

It asks on behalf of all other concerned that the US Government allows technology providers to publish: 

The number of government demands for user information made under specific national security legal authorities (including the various provisions of FISA and National Security Letters); The number of individuals, accounts or devices for which information is sought; and, The number of demands that seek communications content, subscriber information, and any other information. 

'We also ask the U.S. government to issue its own transparency report to reveal the total number of demands for user data that it makes industry-wide, as well as the number of individuals affected by each request.' 

Yahoo could not have felt less concerned since its peers have been forced to eat their words when they denied working in collaboration with US National Security Agency internet surveillance program, PRISM, only to confess later that indeed a collaboration by way of 'responding a legal process' existed.

A few days earlier, Microsoft's General Counsel and Executive Vice President Bradford L. Smith had asked Honorable Eric Holder Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice, to get involved personally in assessing the Constitutional issues raised by Microsoft and other companies that have repeatedly asked to share publicly more complete information about how national security requests for customer information is handled.

Smith reminded the Attorney General that 'the Constitution guarantees the fundamental freedom to engage in free expression unless silence is required by a narrowly tailored, compelling Government interest. It's time to face some obvious facts. Numerous documents are now in the public domain. As a result, there is no longer a compelling Government interest in stopping those of us with knowledge from sharing more information, especially when this information is likely to help allay public concerns.'

 

ICANN boss Fadi Chehade receives AfICTA Award in Durban 

July 17, 2013 - WITSA Vice-Chair (Africa) & Africa ICT Alliance (AfICTA) Board member, Mr. Roger Latchman presented AfICTA Special Recognition Award to ICANN President & CEO Fadi Chehade for his contribution to the use of ICTs for the socio-economic development of Africa at the on-going ICANN Meeting in Durban, South Africa. 

The award was announced in Lagos, Nigeria during the AfICTA Summit in June when Mr Fadi Chehade was no present to receive it.

 

TRIBUTE
LATE ENGR 'TEJU OYELEYE

On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, J.J.Akpieyi wrote:

I knew Engr Teju Oyeleye very well in the downstream sector of the oil industry in the 70s. He was well respected in the sector. By the grace of God, I shall be present at the two events.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Regards
J.J.Akpieyi
 

On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Michael Adewumi wrote: 

We have lost a great professional, a superb administrator, an indefatigable believer in the value of developing and utilizing local talents in Nigeria and a selfless mentor to hundreds, perhaps even thousands of younger engineering professionals, including myself! He was a man of very high integrity who called it as he saw it, regardless of the origin or station in life of those affected!

He will be very sorely missed. My condolences to the entire family!!!

With Much Appreciation for a Life well Invested,
Michael

July 11, 2013 - Olusegun OYELOLA wrote

Pls accept my sympathy on the passing-on to glory of Engr. Teju Oyeleye. He lived a good life & left an equally good legacy. I was not close to him, but I know he did his best.

Engr. Olusegun OYELOLA, FNSE

July 10, 2013 - The demise Pa Oyeleye is a rude shock, a great loss to Nigeria and in particular the Engineering profession. He was a letter which other Engineers read.

What a great loss of a builder, incorruptible leader, a shining example for young generation, a man who never ask what Nigeria can do for him but what he can do for Nigeria. He gave his all to Nigeria and in particular Engineering profession.

According to Kenneth Blanchard "There is difference between interest and commitment. When you are interested in doing something, you only do it when it is convenient. When you are committed to something, you accept no excuse, only result"

Adieu our committed Engineering father. May your soul rest in peace

Aremu Olajide
Head Tech Reg/Network Operation Center
GLO UNLIMITED

OBITUARY1
Pioneer General Manager WNTV-WNBS, Ibadan
Engr 'Teju Oyeleye passes on at 89
 

July 8, 2013 - Olateju Oyeleye, one of the founding fathers of engineering profession in Nigeria died peacefully in his home in Lagos early this morning. He was 89. 

In 1958, Engr Olateju Oyeleye and Chief G.O. Aiwereoba formed the Nigerian Society of Engineers in London, England. After several meetings, the inaugural meeting on the Nigerian Society of Engineers was held at the Nigerian house in London in February that same year. Engr. Teju Oyeleye took on the position of Secretary-General during the earlier years of the organization, starting from when Chief G.O. Aiwereoba was president. Aiwereoba stepped down the following year and a new president was elected every two years. Teju Oyeleye took over the organization for two years, in 1976 to 1977.  

Nigerian Society of Engineers was the largest body in Africa that recognized students and graduate engineers. It was founded to create a more unionized voice of Nigeria's engineers so they could discuss with government officials and unofficial authorities topics related to technology. It also served as a beacon of knowledge where so many experienced engineers gathered to share their experiences with the less experienced engineers and also other officials not directly involved in the engineering profession. 

Engr Oyeleye graduated BSc in Engineering at the University of London in 1957. On graduating, he worked with Ferguson Radio Corporation, Enfield Middlesex between 1957 and 1959. He returned to Nigeria in 1959 to join the Western Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation where he rose to the position of the General Manager of the Western Nigerian Television - Western Nigeria Broadcasting Services (WNTV-WNBS), the first television station in Africa. During his tenure, the coverage of the station was significantly expanded.  

He retired in 1973 to join Total Nigeria Plc as the General Manager, from where he rose to the position of Group Executive Director. At Total Nigeria, he oversaw the activities of the main company and developed several of its subsidiaries such as Nigerian Gas Cylinder Manufacturing Company, Ibadan. Total Industries Ltd. Koko; Total Agrik Ltd., Olokoto (now Yakoyo Agrik Ltd.) and Rhone-Total Nigeria Ltd. 

He retired from Total in 1992 to establish his own Engineering and Management Consulting firm, and Yakooyo Agrik Farms.  

Engr. Oyeleye is a Fellow and one time President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, a Fellow of the institute of Petroleum, London and a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers of UK. He is also a Fellow and Past President of the Nigerian Institute of Management and a foundation Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering

Engr Oyeleye was pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, when it was established in 1993.

Broadband roadmap implementation gets a Monitoring Council

July 16, 2013 - A Council of 19 members, whose mission is to ensure that the National Broadband Plan achieves prescribed results was inaugurated in Abuja today. 

The National Broadband Plan which President Goodluck Jonathan approved a few weeks ago prescribes that a Broadband Council to be chaired by the Minister of Communication Technology should be established. 

Mrs. Omobola Johnson, the Minister, told the Council members at the inauguration ceremony that thorough articulation as well as a thorough implementation of the broadband plan were mission objectives of the Ministry's roadmap for high speed internet penetration in Nigeria. 'The broadband vision for Nigeria is one of a society of connected communities with high speed internet and broadband access that facilitate faster socioeconomic advancement of the nation and its people' she said. 

She said the Council's Terms of reference is to provide periodic progress evaluation, facilitate coordination and collaboration of the plan, monitor programs and highlight adjustment areas and engage relevant agencies, corporations and institutions of Government to ensure the objective of the plan is achieved. 

The Council is made of persons who themselves are committed experts and enthusiasts of the subject even though they also represent various stakeholder interests within the industry.

ICANN announces Strategy Panels in Durban 

July 15, 2013 - During today's opening ceremony of ICANN 47 in Durban, South Africa, President and CEO Fadi Chehade announced the creation of five new ICANN Strategy Panels that will serve as an integral part of a framework for cross-community dialogue on strategic matters. The ICANN Strategy Panels will convene subject matter experts, thought leaders and industry practitioners to support development of ICANN's strategic and operational plans, in coordination with many other global players, and will be comprised of up to seven members including the chair for an anticipated one-year timeframe. 

Designed to conduct work in critical strategic areas identified by the community, Board and staff, the ICANN Strategy Panels will build on public input being generated to inform a new, overarching vision and five-year strategic plan, and subsequent operating plan, for the organization. Advisory in nature, the ICANN Strategy Panels will report to Chehade; will operate in a manner consistent with ICANN's commitment to transparency and accountability; and will channel all views, guidance and advice produced into the standard community and Board processes that guide ICANN's activities. 

In its fourteen-year history, ICANN has grown to reflect a changing landscape of continued innovation, interconnectedness, and unprecedented growth in the DNS ecosystem, one that transcends groups and borders to serve the public interest. Yet, the Internet is at a critical inflection point as billions of new people are expected to join the global network in the next few years and as the nature of its usage matures dramatically. 

With this in mind, the ICANN Strategy Panels are expected to help catalyze transformation and advance ICANN's role in the context of a dynamic, increasingly complex global environment. 

Schedules and Operations

The ICANN Strategy Panels will conduct their activities, starting in September 2013, primarily online and through conference calls, although face-to-face meetings are expected to take place according to the needs of each panel. The ICANN Strategy Panels will also provide public updates on their progress that will be linked to ICANN's overall strategic and operational planning activities. Dedicated ICANN executive liaisons have been assigned to and will support each of the ICANN Strategy Panels throughout the process.

Members and Objectives

The ICANN Strategy Panels will focus specifically on identifier technology innovation; ICANN's role in the Internet organizations' ecosystem; ICANN multistakeholder innovation; the public responsibility framework; and the role of ICANN in the future of Internet governance. Chairs who will lead the panels in their respective concentrations and who will guide the panels in their groundbreaking efforts have been identified; however, qualified individuals interested in serving as committee members are still being sought.  

Potential panel members need not originate directly from ICANN structures, but should have a deep understanding of and concern for the work being undertaken by ICANN, and an ability to think strategically, globally, and creatively about the challenges inherent in the ICANN Strategy Panels' mandate.  

Interested individuals should send their resume/CV to the email addresses affiliated with each of the specialty areas by 29 July 2013. Members will be selected by ICANN's President & CEO, in coordination with each ICANN Strategy Panel Chair. 

Phase3 Telecom gets a New COO 

July 15, 2013:  Phase 3 Telecom announced in Abuja today that it has hired Mr. John Dindlebeck as its Chief Operating Officer, COO.

Dindlebeck, formerly Head of Sales (PCCW Global) covering East Europe, Mid-East and Africa has a strong ICT career and a thorough familiarity with the Nigerian industry environment.  

Dindlebeck was introduced to the Nigerian telecom market  as the Commercial Director and Deputy Project Manager for the construction of Globacom GSM Network in Nigeria between 2002- 2004. Later Managing Director of Gateway Communications Nigeria (now Vodacom) from 2004 to 2010. He also worked for Alcatel in various capacities in Iraq, Hong-Kong, Malaysia, and France.

He originated in the telecom arena in the Washington D.C. area.  His Illustrious career saw him cover many roles and responsibility which included Direct Sales and Sales management, Project Management- both commercial and technical in wireless network construction, International Channel Management, Commercial Management in  both voice and data communication, Switching and data network operations, Telecommunication networking,  and many more. 

Lagos to get Tier 3 Data Center - MainOne

 July 15, 2013 - Main One has embarked on construction of a 600 rack data center in Lagos. Scheduled for completion in Q2 2014, the data center is touted as the largest in West Africa and is designed to meet Tier 3+ certification requirements.

The facility is being built to world-class standards and will offer a level of reliability and affordability that will make it particularly attractive to businesses with mission critical business applications looking to collocate their infrastructure. With superior carrier neutral connectivity, reliable power, effective cooling, fire protection and security solutions, the data center will adequately cater to the hosting needs of businesses and service providers.

Microsoft capitulates
Explains how it worked for PRISM
 

July 15, 2013 - US Tech giants may have capitulated and found roundabout ways of explaining how they got involved with the US National Security Agency internet surveillance program, PRISM.  Chances are they start, one after the other, to hinge their core defence on 'response to legal processes'. That will be a shift of position from the outright denial of involvement which they all professed when the PRISM story broke several weeks ago, regardless that all the denial statements were carefully crafted. 

With the leakage of top secret information coming from Edward Snowden, NSA former agent who blew open classified information, technology firms are bound to find ways of admitting facts that can no longer be denied. The Guardian, midweek, did a story which puts everybody in very a tight corner and Microsoft has come up singing. 

Microsoft issued a statement on Thursday to say it collaborated with the US National Security Agency in the internet surveillance program. It insists however that it was done under due process of law and without compromising its principles on customer privacy. 

According to Microsoft's press release "We have clear principles which guide the response across our entire company to government demands for customer information for both law enforcement and national security issues.   

First, we take our commitments to our customers and to compliance with applicable law very seriously, so we provide customer data only in response to legal processes.  Second, our compliance team examines all demands very closely, and we reject them if we believe they aren't valid.  Third, we only ever comply with orders about specific accounts or identifiers, and we would not respond to the kind of blanket orders discussed in the press over the past few weeks, as the volumes documented in our most recent disclosure clearly illustrate. To be clear, Microsoft does not provide any government with blanket or direct access to SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Skype or any Microsoft product.  

Finally when we upgrade or update products legal obligations may in some circumstances require that we maintain the ability to provide information in response to a law enforcement or national security request. There are aspects of this debate that we wish we were able to discuss more freely.  That's why we've argued for additional transparency that would help everyone understand and debate these important issues."

While the explanation clears the doubts of culpability it has not  explained the issue of de-encryption in the interest of PRISM which really is one of the core issues raised in Guardian's investigation report.

 

INDUSTRY WATCH/EDITORIAL OPINION
Our ICT Policy implementation places priority
on Youths and Student Communities - CommTech Minister 

July 13, 2013 - One of the fine information released to the public in recent time is one made by the Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson who, in her Ministerial Scorecard Presentation last month, told industry stakeholders that a focus on provision of access and empowerment to youth sector and student communities is one of the deliberate strategies of her Ministry's public access avenues to connect Nigerians within a connected Nigeria. 

According to her, the Ministry in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Education, National Universities Commission (NUC), Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) and World Bank is currently deploying a fibre infrastructure under the Research and Education Network to 27 Federal Universities, 12 Medical Colleges, and 28 off campus sites. She indicated that State Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges of Education are to benefit from these infrastructure constructions in 2014/2015. 

Besides, a Tertiary Institutions Access Project which has delivered desktop computers, printers, and wireless network facilities to 278 institutions in three years from 2010 to 2012 is running. 

With this kind of progress report and considering that the Student Computer Ownership Scheme under which students can purchase laptops via low interest rate loan with monthly repayment plan of between N3,500 and N5,800, is in place, it is desirable that student communities in Nigeria should be at work to complement federal government efforts by actively following these developments and ensuring they truly deliver. This they can do by fact-finding and publishing, at least among themselves, and even to the entire world, reality reports of the milestone attainment of these investments, how they are working out and what further input they have for Government from time to time. 

As a matter of fact, it should be expected that Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) upgrades this aspect of its intellectual engagements with Governments as it has always done so they can match Government with its words on a continuous basis and rest the strike-model which should now be considered old fashioned and demeaning. 

Universal Service Fund Board absorbs Telcos in Kenya 

July 11, 2013 - In response to the demand by telephone operators in Kenya to serve on the Board of Universal Service Advisory Council (USAC), the Communications Commission of Kenya, CCK, has expanded the number of the USAC board members from 6 to 9. 

That will accommodate one member each representing telephone operators, broadcasters and postal operators. All the former six members appointed last February remain in their position. 

The universal service fund is designed to accelerate the extension of telecommunication services to rural and unserved areas of the country.

Africa.com synergises with CentralNic
to support African businesses online 

July 11, 2013 - Managing Director of Africa.com, Mr. Ope Odusan, said in Durban earlier this morning that his company is going into alliance with CentralNic to further help African businesses get online faster, cheaper and more efficiently. 

"We have a number of ambitious new ventures planned under the Africa.com brand, that will support African Governments and businesses alike in benefiting from the Internet boom that is just beginning to sweep through Africa,"

Africa.com is the fastest growing Africa-related website while CentralNic is a leading company in the global domain name industry.

 

TRIBUTE
LATE ENGR 'TEJU OYELEYE

July 10, 2013 - The demise Pa Oyeleye is a rude shock, a great loss to Nigeria and in particular the Engineering profession. He was a letter which other Engineers read.

What a great loss of a builder, incorruptible leader, a shining example for young generation, a man who never ask what Nigeria can do for him but what he can do for Nigeria. He gave his all to Nigeria and in particular Engineering profession.

According to Kenneth Blanchard "There is difference between interest and commitment. When you are interested in doing something, you only do it when it is convenient. When you are committed to something, you accept no excuse, only result"

Adieu our committed Engineering father. May your soul rest in peace

Aremu Olajide
Head Tech Reg/Network Operation Center
GLO UNLIMITED

EXECUTIVE MOVEMENT
Ope Odusan now MD of Africa.com 

July10, 2013 - Erstwhile Chief Operating Officer at the Nigeria internet Registration Association, NiRA, Mr Ope Odusan, has been announced as the new Managing Director of Africa.com

A biochemist, later computer technologist, Mr. Odusan schooled at the Universities of Ibadan, Illinois (in Chicago), and Maryland. He was, prior to returning to Nigeria, Managing Director and founder of Ghotek Technologies, an ICT and Engineering solutions service provider in New Jersey, USA. 

He is excited about his new challenges as he told CyberschuulNews earlier this morning that 'we (Africa.com) will be a silver sponsor at the upcoming ICANN meeting in Durban. I will be based in Lagos and we are planning to get our Registry/Registrar Business to serve the entire African market'.

Obama routes for a 'smarter government'
in this second term 

July 9, 2013 - US President Barrack Obama is expected to announce, next Monday, measures which he says will usher in a 'smarter government' meaning that the bureaucracy under his watch will now use Information Technology more than hitherto. 

He has said that government will be made more accessible to the citizens and boasted that he and his team have 'made huge swaths of your government more efficient and more transparent and more accountable than ever before'. 

He told a close audience two days ago 'when I was first running for this office, I had the opportunity to visit Google headquarters in Mountain View, in Silicon Valley, to discuss ways we could use technology to allow more citizens to participate in their democracy, and bring a government built largely in the 20th century into the 21st century. 

After all, we had already set out to build a new type of campaign - one that used technology to bring people together, and then trusted them with that technology to organize on their own. And the idea was simple: Instead of bringing more people to the campaign, we wanted to bring the campaign to more people, and let them determine its course and its nature. If you wanted to make phone calls or knock on doors, you didn't have to come into a field office first, you could just get the information you needed right on your phone and go out there and do it. If you wanted to get your friends involved, then we had the tools to help you connect.  

And I very much felt that some of the things that we were doing to help us get elected could also be used once we were elected. If you wanted to share your story, we could help you get your story out. And throughout this process, we created one of the most inclusive and one of the most successful campaigns in American history'.

OBITUARY1
Pioneer General Manager WNTV-WNBS, Ibadan
Engr 'Teju Oyeleye passes on at 89
 

July 8, 2013 - Olateju Oyeleye, one of the founding fathers of engineering profession in Nigeria died peacefully in his home in Lagos early this morning. He was 89. 

In 1958, Engr Olateju Oyeleye and Chief G.O. Aiwereoba formed the Nigerian Society of Engineers in London, England. After several meetings, the inaugural meeting on the Nigerian Society of Engineers was held at the Nigerian house in London in February that same year. Engr. Teju Oyeleye took on the position of Secretary-General during the earlier years of the organization, starting from when Chief G.O. Aiwereoba was president. Aiwereoba stepped down the following year and a new president was elected every two years. Teju Oyeleye took over the organization for two years, in 1976 to 1977.  

Nigerian Society of Engineers was the largest body in Africa that recognized students and graduate engineers. It was founded to create a more unionized voice of Nigeria's engineers so they could discuss with government officials and unofficial authorities topics related to technology. It also served as a beacon of knowledge where so many experienced engineers gathered to share their experiences with the less experienced engineers and also other officials not directly involved in the engineering profession. 

Engr Oyeleye graduated BSc in Engineering at the University of London in 1957. On graduating, he worked with Ferguson Radio Corporation, Enfield Middlesex between 1957 and 1959. He returned to Nigeria in 1959 to join the Western Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation where he rose to the position of the General Manager of the Western Nigerian Television - Western Nigeria Broadcasting Services (WNTV-WNBS), the first television station in Africa. During his tenure, the coverage of the station was significantly expanded.  

He retired in 1973 to join Total Nigeria Plc as the General Manager, from where he rose to the position of Group Executive Director. At Total Nigeria, he oversaw the activities of the main company and developed several of its subsidiaries such as Nigerian Gas Cylinder Manufacturing Company, Ibadan. Total Industries Ltd. Koko; Total Agrik Ltd., Olokoto (now Yakoyo Agrik Ltd.) and Rhone-Total Nigeria Ltd. 

He retired from Total in 1992 to establish his own Engineering and Management Consulting firm, and Yakooyo Agrik Farms.  

Engr. Oyeleye is a Fellow and one time President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, a Fellow of the institute of Petroleum, London and a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers of UK. He is also a Fellow and Past President of the Nigerian Institute of Management and a foundation Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering

Engr Oyeleye was pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, when it was established in 1993.

Broadband-watch around the world
The UK rural broadband; more plans, less result

July 7, 2013 - It has just been revealed that one of the most ambitious rural broadband plans has not delivered on its promise. 

Targets set for 44 rural areas of the United Kingdom which a broadband plan announced in 2010 said would have high speed internet by 2015 are known to have delivered in only 9 Councils. A revision of the plan, now targeting 2017 and announced in June 2013, still does not bring hope of total coverage. So said a report commissioned by the United Kingdom National Office Audit, NAO, Department for Culture, Media & Sport released yesterday, July 6, 2013. 

The plan, as set in 2010, was that 90% of premises in every local authority area of the UK should have access to internet speeds above 24Mbps by May 2015 and a minimum of 2Mbps for others. That was if the various Councils put in money and asked for subsidies from Government. #530m was earmarked for the support. 

The Department believed a centrally-supported but locally led delivery was the best approach to delivering value for money so it set the programme to be implemented using a central procurement process specifically designed to assure value for money. 

What went wrong?  

To start with, managing subsidies is one of the most complex challenges of human endeavour. Even where everybody means well, it still has to be settled whether projects should be given to those 'who can do it' or to also include those 'who have innovation to do it'.  

In this particular case, the NAO report catalogues some of the issues involved but without reaching the above conclusion. EU's approval was delayed. Bidding process was complex and it favoured only large companies with secure revenue streams. That was impliedly to charge that it favoured BT. Not surprisingly therefore only BT and Fujitsu remained in the competition and to find Fujitsu dropping off early in 2013. Indeed, by June 2013, 26 of the 44 local bodies had signed contracts and all 26 had selected BT as their supplier. 

But the audit report said competition was limited and assurances over costs and take-up assumptions have been hampered by the complexity of the solution and lack of cost transparency. 

Firms with deep pockets have a way of making proposals that send upstarts scampering and leaving the race only to start padding implementation figures once the bid was decided. 

Even in the present plan which expects the delivery date to be 2017 by which time #1.2bn would have been spent, the report says active involvement from Ofcom and the Department will be required to monitor the impact of the Programme on BT's position in the sector in the longer term. 

 

Yahoo still buying as Qwiki and Xobni go into its net 

July 5, 2013 - In quick succession Yahoo announced it has bought Qwiki last Tuesday and Xobni itself announced Yahoo bought it over on Wednesday. 

Yahoo describes Qwiki as a company that uses awesome technology to bring together pictures, music and video to capture the art of storytelling. And adds that sharing a Qwiki 'is easy, whether you want to share your favorite moments from Coachella with your Facebook friends or celebrate the best moments from your sister's wedding'. Same rules as when Yahoo acquired tumblr in the sense that Qwiki will not go over into yahoo but keep doing its thing under yahoo's watch. 

Actually, Qwiki is an iPhone app that allows users to gather photos, short video clips and other multimedia and create a short, easily-shareable video clips.

It is speculated Yahoo paid about $50million for it. 

Xobni on the other hand is an email management app. 

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer has being acquiring small app firms, 10 at the last count, with a view to reinforcing its mobile and media adventure, perhaps so it can re-conquer the Internet.

PRISM worries EU 

July 4, 2013 - EU parliament is complaining openly that it does not feel easy with US surveillance activities especially within the confines of PRISM. It is therefore approving an in-depth inquiry into programs that include bugging and spying on EU premises within United States.  

It is also asking US authorities to come forward with full information on the extent of reported issues of surveillance, warning impliedly of the consequences of such activities should EU data protection standards under the EU-US trade deal be undermined. 

Members of European Parliament called, via a resolution, on the European Commission, the Council of Ministers and EU countries to consider possible recourse to doing all within their reach in negotiations with the US, including suspending the current air passenger and bank data deals (Passenger Name Record and Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme, respectively).

 

OBITUARY
Computer Mouse Inventor

Douglas Carl Engelbart passes on

July 3, 2013 - Dr Douglas Carl Engelbart, the man who invented the computer mouse died on Tuesday (July 2, 2013) at his home in Atherton, California, USA. He was 88. 

A Press Release by SRI International (The Research Institute where he once worked) issued by Dr. Curtis R. Carlson, President and CEO of SRI said 'Doug was a giant who made the world a much better place and who deeply touched those of us who knew him. SRI was very privileged and honored to have him as one of our 'family'. He brought tremendous value to society. We will miss his genius, warmth and charm.' 

Douglas Engelbart is renowned for several computer works especially the development of hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to graphical user interfaces. At the time he invented what is now known as computer mouse, he called it the 'x-y position indicator' and told CNN several years later in an interview that he did not remember who from among his team eventually gave it the name 'mouse'. 

Engelbart received the National Medal of Technology in 2000, the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 1997, and the Turing Award, also in 1997.

Global Industry Watch
War on illegal product adverts, pornographic and violence prone web posts
How far can they go?
 

July 3. 2013 - Pressure from several advocacy groups is known to have mounted on Google to confront internet users that are posting illegal and offensive adverts. Although a response of 'working to prevent ads whose content is not appropriate for the viewing netizens' is  usually and readily given, the worries still remain. In 2011, Google forfeited $500 million for allowing Canadian pharmacies to place advertisements to illegally sell prescription drugs to U.S. customers. 

Facebook has also just announced that it would by next Monday pull out pages that broadcast materials which promote pornography or violence in any form. Will it? Wait until you read the text of what is considered to be pornographic or violence prone and hypocrisy will stare you. Again although Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content, it puts the condition on 'where a minor is involved'. 

What cannot be denied is that a war has started and we can only wait to see where and when it will end.

AfICTA Award for Leo Stan Ekeh and 4 others 

July 2, 2013 - One of the highlights of the 3-day Lagos AfICTA (Africa ICT Alliance) Summit is the winning of the African ICT Champion Award by Mr. Leo Stan-Ekeh, Chairman, Zinox Technologies Ltd. Leo Stan drew 66.5% of the total vote cast across Africa to emerge as the African ICT Champion 2013.  

The runner-up position went to Egypt's Manal Amin. CEO of Arabize.com for her outstanding achievement in the software and IT services sector.  

Also recognized for their exemplary contribution to the use of ICTs for sustainable Africa's socio-economic development were Fadi Chehade, CEO & President, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers); Dr Fred Matiangi, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Kenya; and Ms Marilyn Cade, CEO ICT Strategies, LLC; & Chief Catalyst IGF USA.

 

Oil and Gas Firms hook on to Phase 3 Telecom for High speed access                 

July 2, 2013 - To improve operational performance and accuracy, notable oil and gas explorers and production companies are known to have signed high speed internet access deals with Phase 3 Telecom's open access fibre infrastructure. 

Oriental Energy Resources, Gunvor Nigeria, and a few others come for mentioning here. This much was confirmed by Ajibade Momolosho, Chief Technical Officer of Phase3 Telecom in Abuja last weekend. 

Issues of high speed access, low transmission loss, security, and safety which are the hallmarks of Phase 3 open access infrastructure encourage leading oil and gas firms to make strategic investment in robust internet access especially now that Government has pronounced a National Broadband Plan which makes investment into such communication infrastructure meaningful.

 

Cost of Broadband is on the decline - Minister

July 1, 2013 - Nigeria's Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, told industry stakeholders at a Ministerial scorecard presentation in Lagos that the cost of 3Gb package per year of Broadband internet access  has reduced from N93,000 in 2011 to N60,000 in 2013 with a prospect of reducing further to N36,000 in 2015.  That is if the mechanisms that are being worked out and implemented are playing to plan.  

The Minister revealed further that the current 36% internet access of population would increase to 42% in 2015. She said the decline in growth of fixed lines in deference to mobiles would be contained by deliberately increasing the spread and scope of communication infrastructure and technologies across the country while there would be priority on rolling out service to unserved and underserved communities.

She said the development strategy which is espoused in the emerging ICT Policy and already being implemented seeks to lower the barriers to entry and increase participation of Nigerian companies and indigenous expertise in the ICT sector thus stimulating job creation in the industry.  

Mrs. Omobola Johnson in a where-we-are/what-we-have-done presentation told industry players recently that the initiative would increase the adoption of ICTs by government to achieve greater citizen engagement and more transparent, productive governance. 

She gave various data to argue growth plans and to demonstrate a progressive migration of the industry from slow speed to higher mobility.  A venture capital injection into ICT which commenced in 2013 with $15million would rise to $50million in 2015 and two software innovation-incubation centres which have been commissioned in Lagos and Calabar would increase to 4 in 2015. 

The scorecard presentation however avoided matters relating to Government expenditure on ICT related matters that do not sit within her Ministry and the parastatals under it.

She did not talk about a Chinese packaged loan of $100milion which the Federal Government negotiated mid-2012 for projects in the Ministry and Fedral Government expenditure on internet surveillance on Nigerian citizens the cost of which is more than double her Ministry's budget for 2013.

 

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Yahoo shuts down several services,
Commences new ones
 

July 1, 2013 - Marissa Mayer's turn around program must be coming full cycle with the announcement last week by Yahoo Inc that it was shutting down a few products 'so we can continue to focus on creating beautiful products that are essential to you every day'

The products and their terminal dates include: 

Yahoo! Axis (June 28, 2013)
Yahoo! Browser Plus (June 28, 2013)
Citizen Sports (June 28, 2013)
Yahoo! WebPlayer (June 30, 2013)
FoxyTunes (July 1, 2013)
Yahoo! RSS Alerts (July 1, 2013)
Yahoo! Neighbors Beta (July 8, 2013)
AltaVista (July 8, 2013)
Yahoo! Stars India (July 25, 2013)
Yahoo! Downloads Beta (July 31, 2013)
Yahoo! Local API (September 28, 2013)
Yahoo! Term Extraction API (September 28, 2013) 

For each of the services closed down yahoo gives advice to users on migration modalities.

 

NiRA, ATCON, AfICTA collaborate to train Nigerian experts
on Domain Name System Security
 

June 30, 2013 - For 3 days last week, 41 local techies who involve routinely on domain and IP engineering and management were availed with hands-on workshop on System Security with Dr. Richard Lamb, Lead of ICANN DNSSEC Team and Engr. Allain Aina, CEO TRS as facilitators.  

The participants were selected from across the industry especially Telephone Operators, Internet Service Providers, NiRA Administration, DotNG Domain Name Registrars, and Internet Consultants. 

Mary Uduma, President of NiRA, and Lanre Ajayi, President ATCON, said it was the minimum their organisations plan to do in providing regular and sustainable capacity development for the industry as the DotNG campaign grows. 

Richard Lamb told CyberschuulNews in an after-workshop interview that the world body on assigned Names and Numbers has been impressed by the manner Nigerians show understanding of their strengths and weaknesses as they go out to take good advantage of emerging technologies.

 

AfICTA sets to defend the multi-stakeholder principle of ICT
and Internet governance. 

June 29, 2013 - The Board of Africa ICT Alliance, AfICTA, a private sector-led initiative of ICT industry leaders in Africa, rose from its Lagos Summit and first physical meeting with a declaration to promote and defend the multi-stakeholder principle of ICT and Internet governance. Delegates attended the Summit from Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo and the USA while others from, Rwanda, the Gambia, Burundi and Namibia participated remotely. 

The 3 days Summit on "Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age in Africa" ended on Friday. 

A highlight of the Summit is also 3 days of a Techncial workshop and road show on Domain Name System Security in collaboration with NiRA, ICANN's Lead architect of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), Dr Richard Lamb, facilitated the workshop for 41 industry experts from the local industry. 

Main One's CEO, Funke Opeke, who chaired the opening ceremony, expressed the need for WSIS targets and goals to be sustained beyond 2015 through wider collaboration and synergy among all stakeholders. 

ICT Agencies of the State Governments of Ondo, Edo gave scorecards of their inroad of ICT application in their governance.

The AfICTA Board congratulated all Internet Hall of Fame Nominees, the announcement of which was made while the Board was meeting.

 

Internet Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees 

June 29, 2013 - The Internet Society has announced the names of the 32 individuals who have been selected for induction into the Internet Hall of Fame. Honored for their groundbreaking contributions to the global Internet, this year's inductees comprise some of the world's most influential engineers, activists, innovators, and entrepreneurs. This brings to 65 the number of Honorees to date.

The Internet Hall of Fame celebrates Internet visionaries, innovators, and leaders from around the world who believed in the design and potential of an open Internet and, through their work, helped change the way we live and work today.   

The Induction Ceremony will be held 3 August 2013 in Berlin, Germany 

The 2013 Internet Hall of Fame inductees categories are: 

Pioneers Circle
Recognizing individuals who were instrumental in the early design and development of the Internet:

Innovators
Recognizing individuals who made outstanding technological, commercial, or policy advances and helped to expand the Internet's reach:

Global Connectors
Recognizing individuals from around the world who have made significant contributions to the global growth and use of the Internet:

 

 Pioneers Circle (13)  Innovators (9)  Global Connectors (10)  
 Bob Metcalfe  Aaron Swartz (posthumous)  Anriette Esterhuysen  
 David Clark  Anne-Marie Eklund Lowinder  Barry Leiner (posthumous)  
 David Farber  Francois Fluckiger  George Sadowsky  
 Glenn Ricart  Henning Schulzrinne  Gihan Dias  
 Howard Frank  Jimmy Wales  Haruhisa Ishida (posthumous)  
 J.C.R. Licklider (posthumous)  John Perry Barlow  Ida Holz  
 Jun Murai  Marc Andreessen  Karen Banks  
 Kanchana Kanchanasut  Richard Stallman  Qiheng Hu  
 Kees Neggers  Stephen Kent  Steven Goldstein  
 Nii Narku Quaynor    Teus Hagen  
 Robert Taylor      
 Stephen Wolff      
 Werner Zorn      

 

Industry Watch
High speed internet access targets Industrial Estates
as MainOne takes secured broadband capacity to Agbara, Apapa, Ilupeju etc
 

June 27, 2013 - MainOne which rebranded recently is known to be targeting manufacturing plants and industrial estates in Lagos and environs with its secured, high-capacity fibre infrastructure. Very early in the year, Main One's Jumoke Akande, Head of Marketing. told the Broadband Expansion Program Workshop that her company was working on strategic fibre distribution plan while Olubunmi Ogun Head, Enterprise Sales also said a few weeks ago at a breakfast media briefing that MainOne had started to 'distribute more of our capacity inland in order for our enterprise customers to have better access to our superior connectivity solutions'.  

A National Broadband plan was approved recently by President Jonathan and it envisages its success would rely strongly on the contribution of the private sector  when it says 'the private sector will build on its existing contribution by improving the quality of existing Internet service, extending coverage to new areas and connecting new users to the broadband experience'. 

Hopefully manufacturers will direct their energy in working with these established infrastructure providers to consolidate their access needs.

 

AfICTA Summit routes for issues of Internet governance
and System Securities
 

June 25, 2013 - Ms Marilyn Cade, President ICT Strategies, Chief Catalyst IGF USA and a leading Internet users and business defender in ICANN made several unique observations and advocated, in particular, the need for moderation of mindsets and skills sets of those who make policies across the world and she advised AfICTA Board to be mindful of limitations of governments and of the capacity of business communities to help governments. She noted that while it has been easy to get governments to appreciate and make investments into infrastructure and human resource, it has not yet been popular to find Governments make investments into Research and development in ICT. 

She spoke as a guest speaker at the AfICTA Board meeting which held on Day 0 of the AfICTA Summit that includes an awareness workshop and road show on Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). 

Present at the meeting were members from Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. Others from The Gambia, Burundi, Rwanda and Namibia followed remotely.

 

Birthday of the 'New' Computer 

June 21, 2013 - So this day does not go unnoticed, Google's Lynette Webb, Senior Manager, External Relations offers a bolg-post to celebrate the computers birthday. 

It was 65 years ago today when the computer in its present day RAM-capable form was unveiled. RAM (for Random Access Memory) was it because both instructions and data were held, for the first time, in the new machine's memory and the contents could be altered automatically at electronic speeds during the course of computation. At the time, it was capable of storing up to 1,024 bits, equivalent to just 128 bytes while today the average computer has RAM capacities in multiples of gigabytes, more than a billion times bigger. The invention then, called 'Baby', and constructed by Manchester University's team of Freddie Williams, Tom Kilburn and Geoff Tootill was designed to be a proof-of-concept rather than a calculating machine. It was to develop into that machine few years later. 

The Ferranti Mark 1 version eventually became the world's first computer to be sold commercially, in February 1951. 

Happy Birthday therefore to 'Baby' which had come 3 years earlier.

But what's special about Baby is the observation that today's computers come from America.

Please listen here
Courtesy Google

 

A Madiba story that caused 'panic' 

June 21, 2013 - Google searches which stumbled on the 'obituary' of world's ICON, President Nelson Mandela, sparked 'panic' across the world and the Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) had to do a Press Release to say 'sorry' so tempers could calm down. 

The story really was that a hidden file apparently saved for future use, made to suite an obituary story sneaked into Google search engine which published it to unexpected web searchers. Author of the hidden file - Wits University. 

The premature online availability of the material became a subject of serious investigation for a University's system that has been used successfully for about six years - enabling hidden files to be used at future dates. 

Wits removed the post as soon as it got notice of its availability, and went on to issue a public apology to Mandela's family members, friends, fellow South Africans and global citizens.  

Says the apology notice: 

'The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg extends its sincerest apologies to the family members, friends, fellow South Africans and global citizens for an obituary related to the death of former president Nelson Mandela that was not published or issued by the University. 

The University had prepared a statement which was hidden on its systems. However, a technical error made this available via the search function on Google. At no stage did the University issue this statement or publish it on its website. 

The University regrets the mishap and will take all the necessary steps to get to the root of the technical error and to ensure that the responsible departments are held accountable for this incident.' 

It was the second such strange story on Madiba within one week. The first was occasioned by a German publication which also retracted it. 

Meanwhile, the Icon's health condition is still 'serious but stable'

ICT Policy thrust is to 'connect Nigeria' and 'connect Nigerians'
says CommTech Minister

June 20, 2013 - Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, told ICT stakeholders in Lagos on Thursday that the thrust of the ICT Policy which is yet to receive final approval of federal government aims to provide the quantum of infrastructure that is capable of giving broadband experience to every space of land in the Nigeria while the business environment will enable Nigerians to have access to devices and services at prices they can afford. 

She gave the explanation at a Ministerial scorecard presentation meeting where she said the objective of such regular dialogue with industry stakeholders is 'to identify challenges and negotiate solutions.'

She was corroborated by two other presentations given by Dr Eugene Juwah, Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC and Engr Ernest Ndukwe, Co-chairman of the National Broadband Plan who spoke respectively on how the Nigerian Communications Commission has been setting the scene and the core objectives of the recently approved National Broadband Plan. 

The Minister explained that her Ministry has obtained commitment of State Governments to collaborate on multiple taxes and regulations while right of way processing has been streamlined for 30 days processing just as the Right of Way charges have been revised from a high of N6.5million per linear km to N145,000 per linear km on federal roads. 

 

Roger Latchman speaks at AfICTS 2013 

June 19, 2013 - WITSA Vice-Chair, Mr Roger Latchman of the Information Technology Association of South Africa will be speaking at the opening ceremony of AfICTS 2013. Mr Latchman who will be leading the South African delegation to AfICTS 2013 is also expected to facilitate business talks as the CEO of the South African International Help Desk. 

Rajendran (Roger) Latchman is the Managing Director - PKF BEE Solutions, Associate Director - Ernst & Young, Chief Operations Officer - BMF (seconded by Ernst & Young) and Financial Controller - Southern Sun Hotels. Rajendran has Professional education and certification as Chairmans' Programme - Director Development (Institute of Directors SA) Accelerated Directorship Programme (Institute of Directors SA), Technical Signatory B-BBEE Verification (SANAS), National Diploma - Accounting (ML Sultan Technikon, Durban) and Project Management (Damelin). He has several published works includes:

  • A Practitioner's Guide to the Codes of Good Practice on Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BUSA)
  • A Guide for Developing BEE Charters (BUSA)
  • Over 50 publications which fall between academic and newspaper work. These have appeared in the Mail & Guardian Business Day, Business Report, Finweek, Financial Mail, etc
  • Various papers at conferences, seminars, workshops on Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment.

He is a Certified Director (IoDSA) with strong business acumen and understanding of finance, heavily results-oriented'.

 

United Nations honours Galaxy Backbone 

June 17, 2013 - United Nations 1st position for African Region for promoting Whole-of-Government approaches in the information age has been awarded to Nigerian Government owned Galaxy Backbone Plc. 

The award is in recognition of the Company's 1-Gov.net initiative which is the eGoverrnance vehicle for Nigeria. Under the network, a common ICT platform built and operated by the Company networks all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government for delivery of public sector services. 

Officials of the Company say 1-Gov.net is a total solution which facilitates Government operations and especially enables the automation of the Federal Executive Council Memoranda process and the creation of a single hub for citizens to access government services.

 

Experimental Technology
Google launches PROJECT LOON - A balloon powered Internet Access 

June 16, 2013 - Google moved further into total internet access solutions when last Friday it announced its investment in Project LOON - a balloon powered Internet access.

Google's Mike Cassidy, Project Lead, said it is fired by the belief that it might actually be possible to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds that provide Internet access to the earth below. 

Project Loon is a system that uses balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, to beam Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today's 3G networks or faster. With that it is hoped that balloons could become an option for connecting rural, remote, and underserved areas, and for helping with communications after natural disasters. 

The search Giant says it is using complex algorithms and lots of computing power to achieve all that is required to 'move the balloons up or down to catch the winds we want them to travel in'. A pilot program is on-going in the Canterbury area of New Zealand with 50 testers trying to connect to the balloons.

Google has solicited input from those who are so knowledgeable as it would like to set up pilots in countries at the same latitude as New Zealand. 'We also want to find partners for the next phase of our project' said Mike Cassidy.

Project Loon, says Google, is working to bring the technologies of access to everyone on the planet.

 

Tech Giants one after the other deny participation in PRISM

June 14, 2013 - Yahoo Inc said early in the week that it is completely false that it shares user data with anybody least of all, US Government. 

A post titled 'Setting the Record Straight' and signed by Ron Bell Yahoo's General Counsel said 'Yahoo! has not joined any program in which we volunteer to share user data with the U.S. government.  We do not voluntarily disclose user information.  The only disclosures that occur are in response to specific demands.  And, when the government does request user data from Yahoo!, we protect our users.  We demand that such requests be made through lawful means and for lawful purposes.  We fight any requests that we deem unclear, improper, overbroad, or unlawful.  We carefully scrutinize each request, respond only when required to do so, and provide the least amount of data possible consistent with the law.   

The notion that Yahoo! gives any federal agency vast or unfettered access to our users' records is categorically false.  Of the hundreds of millions of users we serve, an infinitesimal percentage will ever be the subject of a government data collection directive.  Where a request for data is received, we require the government to identify in each instance specific users and a specific lawful purpose for which their information is requested.  Then, and only then, do our employees evaluate the request and legal requirements in order to respond-or deny-the request'.

PRISM is a secret US government program that gives the NSA unprecedented access to the servers of major tech companies so that the agency can spy on unwitting US citizens with terrifying granularity which is both different from and more aggressive than the Verizon scandal and has the full (but contested) cooperation of tech giants and which is, shockingly enough, totally legal.

Google and Facebook have since made similar denial since the news broke over one week ago.

So much literature has been made on the subject and a lot more is expected in the coming days.

Foreign companies, however might have expoited legal grounds to deny PRISM being forced on them. It is claimed for example that T-Mobile and Verizon reportedly refused to respond to National Security Agency's demand to collect all phone call records because they are owned by European parent companies. 

Meanwhile, the European Commission said it would protect EU citizens from privacy invasion by outside entities like the PRISM monitoring program run by the NSA. This much was confirmed by Ms Neelie Kroes EU's Digital Commissioner who also said the emergence of the existence of PRISM was a 'big wake up call' for the privacy of EU citizens.

 

Google puts a price on Waze and buys it over 

June 13, 2013 - Mapping to know routes may not just be enough but indeed to outsmart traffic. What if you could see ahead of you to find less busy alternatives and save (in)valuable time. 

That is the reason Google has paid $1.3billion to acquire Waze, an Israeli four year old firm whose app combines online maps with updates from users about traffic conditions of traffic jams, road works and accidents with real time help from other drivers. 

Google said in a blog announcement last Tuesday it had 'closed the acquisition of Waze' to announce the acquisition. 'This fast-growing community of traffic-obsessed drivers is working together to find the best routes from home to work, every day' it said and further that 'The Waze product development team will remain in Israel and operate separately for now. And we'll also work closely with the vibrant Waze community, who are the DNA of this app, to ensure they have what's needed to grow and prosper.'  

Waze has 47 million users worldwide. Its headquarters is in Palo Alto, California USA, while majority of the staff are in Israel. 

The rash of acquisition of startups by the tech giants is making antitrust watchers wriggle.

 

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A Free and Open Internet


We support transparent and participatory processes for making Internet policy and the establishment of five basic principles:


Expression:
Don't censor the Internet.
Access:
Promote universal access to fast and affordable networks.
Openness:
Keep the Internet an open network where everyone is free to connect, communicate, write, read, watch, speak, listen, learn, create and innovate.
Innovation:
Protect the freedom to innovate and create without permission. Don't block new technologies, and don't punish innovators for their users' actions.
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Vision
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Mission
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For Phase3 Telecom, the ease in user experience in all facets of telecommunications has always been the objective and goal in our service delivery; it drives our commitment to the customer and the industry. We also believe this must be of paramount importance to our clients - the GSM operators, large ISPs, and multinational companies. Our business uses a proliferation of technologies in providing innovative solutions to our clients.

Every day, we nurture and sustain an intellectual product that has become of great characteristic importance in day-to-day life, engagement and the pursuit of the new age of man. And for ten years, our team of dedicated and innovative young men and women has on a daily basis, given 100% to the deployment of quality and consistently evolving broadband delivery and connectivity solutions. We are not unmindful and do not take for granted the honor that we have been blessed with today.

This International Arch of Europe Award has reinforced our resolute dedication to our vision and commercial guarantee to our clients and invaluable partnerships to always back up our brand promise with high quality service delivery

 

 

 

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Within three years of operation, our company has established a reputation as a preferred provider of wholesale capacity and Internet services to Service Providers and Enterprises in the region. In addition, the company has extended its reach of services both organically and through partnerships within Nigeria and Ghana into the neighboring West African countries of Togo, Benin, and Burkina Faso. In addition, the company recently established an office to service Francophone West Africa in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.


Our customers stand to benefit from our increasing portfolio of services that will enable businesses in West Africa to participate meaningfully in the global digital economy. This innovative bouquet of products and services includes a Metro Ethernet network offering with over 200 kilometers of fiber optic access within business districts in Lagos, a brand new 2.5MW, 600 Rack Data center currently construction for completion by Q2 2014, and partnerships and new points of presence to serve major cities of Abuja and Port Harcourt.

 

 

 

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